NISD named to prestigious Honor Roll

November 14, 2014

Northside ISD is one of only two school districts in San Antonio to be named to the prestigious annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll by The College Board. Students earn college credit while in the high school Advanced Placement Program.

The honor recognizes districts that have increased access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Currently, NISD has 16,686 middle and high school students enrolled in 34 different AP courses.

NISD is one of only 29 school districts in Texas and one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to receive the honor.

 “This is an incredible honor for our secondary schools, both middle and high schools, that worked together to build a Pre-AP and AP culture in our district,” says Dr. Brian T. Woods, superintendent.

NISD is largest district in the state to make the list.

“It is an undeniable benefit to our students to be able to offer AP courses,” Woods says. “Tied to the students’ hard work, students can earn credit for college, save on college tuition, and as a result, be able to graduate from college on or perhaps ahead of time.”

In 2014, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.

Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

• Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;

• Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and

• Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The complete 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found by clicking here.